In this video author and neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz explains how your brain doesn’t choose to become addicted to gambling. Rather, it just really wants to figure out a pattern. This ‘want’ doesn’t need any foreign chemicals in order to make it work. In the mind of a serious gambler, the brain wants to find order in the game’s structure so bad, that it will keep the person playing, telling itself that it will figure it out and that it’s just one step away from becoming rich.
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